{Home} A Bad Sign?

It had only been a few days since hanging up pictures in the dressing room, but at 6 am on Sunday morning, the “Good Fortune” cross stitch came crashing down–startling me awake.

This same picture had fallen down in my last apartment, but that was over a year after it was originally hung up, and this time I had replaced the Command Strips.  Yesterday when it fell, the back of the frame fell off and a piece of it broke (just the frame stand, but still).

To hang it up again, I decided to use a Command hook.

And it’s back up.


Now I just have to hope that this isn’t a sign my good fortune is running out!

{Home} Dressing Up the Dressing Room

It’s been over two months since I painted the dressing room, but it doesn’t feel that long ago! I finally got around to hanging some picture in the empty corner above the ghost chair.

I took out some of the pictures I hadn’t used yet, and arranged a few of them on the floor.

Then I used 3M Command Strips to hang them on the wall.

I had accidentally hung a few of them off center or crocked, but the Command Strips for pictures are kind of like Velcro, and it was easy to reposition the frame.

Just a little added cheer for getting ready in the morning, and any time someone goes to the bathroom!

{House} Dressing in a Darker Color

When I was painting the entryway and dining area, I also painted the dressing room the same color (Benjamin Moore Apparition).  Somehow this tiny room took almost as much time as the larger area!

First up was to remove everything, which was just the mirror and chair.

There was a lot of cutting in, since I was also painting all three doors and mouldings.

First coat down!

The second coat was more of the same (thought on a different night), and then it was time to put the mirror and chair back!

I really like the color I chose!  It’s darker (and less shiny) than the white that was there before, but I think it’s the perfect dark white color–if there is such a thing as “dark white”.

{House} Good as New

I had so much fun patching up the holes and dents in the window frame, that I knew my next stop was the disaster I left after I removed the cord to nowhere.

It was a little more tricky than the window, since it took more finesse to get into the corner of the wall and ceiling, and smooth things out enough.

Then there was the mess at the bottom of the wall.

I think I did pretty well!

Now I just have to sand and pick a paint color.  And then actually paint…

{Home} Shining Once Again

Shortly after I arrived back in NYC with the light, I asked the super when he’d be able to install it.  After a minor scheduling hiccup, he came over yesterday to help.

It didn’t take me very long to reassemble the light.

This was the old light in the dressing room.  It didn’t even have a shade!

Taking it down wasn’t very difficult, but we did run into an issue when one of the screws in the box was rusted into the box itself.

The super’s solution was to drill a hole through the top of the box, and put a screw through that!  Which was a much easier solution than the other idea I had–install a new box.

Things were going along fine, until it came time to fit the canopy.

See the gap (the silver threads showing)?  He wouldn’t let that stand!  So down it came, and he cut the threads down by over a half inch.  Then back up it went!

It’s hard to get good pictures of it, but it’s beautiful!  Such a nice and regal addition to the small space.